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Slim down and get a grip
Boasting a claimed weight of 50 grams per set, Lizard Skins’ DSP Race 1.8 mm Bar Tape earns the right to claim itself as the lightest tape on the market. In this case, lightness doesn't mean an absence of cush. DSP Race is soft and springy, and its rubberized texture offers superb grip in all weather conditions. Each roll is 82 inches long, which gives you plenty of length to wrap any bar. The package includes 2 rolls of tape, 2 bar-end plugs, and 2 finishing strips.
- A synthetic bar tape with a race-minded physique
- Lightest in Lizard Skins' line still provides cush
- Maintains consistent dexterity across all conditions
- Item #LZS000N
- Q & A
Great Tape, maybe a smidge too tacky
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I'm running this tape on two bikes, and it's great. Once I had the spacing figured out, I had no problem with the length of the spools. I did have some initial challenges getting the tape to lay flat without stretching it, but YouTube solved that pretty handily. The only challenge I've had so far came during a couple of bottle-grabs in a race, where my gloves wanted to stick just a little more aggressively to this tape than to the bike's previous tape. In hindsight I probably should have done a couple more training rides on it to get used to the feel, but otherwise it's great! There has been no slippage at all, unlike my experience with the bulkier 2.5mm equivalent, which came undone under the shifters after pulling Bar Mitts on and off a few times.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I usually run the standard DSP 1.8, but have been unable to find the black which I normally run in stock. I tried the race tape, and may even like it better. Great feel and grip, not bulky at all, and feels great riding without gloves. Awesome tape.